I’ve been doing some positive psychology reading lately. I was first introduced to this (or at least the 1st time I remember) back in August of 2008, when I was part of a week long conference called Leaders in Transition. What a nice way to say “motivated-people-who-have-no-idea-what’s-next” ;). But then again, who does?
Anyway, there I was introduced the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. Back then, my top strength was gratitude. It’s pretty easy when you’ve just spent one of the best years of your life, with great people and a cool job, and truly understanding how richly blessed your life is, to be grateful. At this conference, I learned that one of the best ways to improve your happiness is to express your gratitude. This is best done verbally, but even writing down the top 3 things you are grateful for each day makes a difference.
No wonder I love this quote I saw today!
“I wonder if gratefulness is the bridge from sorrow to joy, spanning the chasm of our anxious striving. Freed from the burden of unbridled desires, we can enjoy what we have, celebrate what we’ve attained, and appreciate the familiar. For if we can’t be happy now, we’ll likely not be happy when”. -Philip Gulley Porch Talk
Today, I’m grateful for
1. A great hike with a great friend
2. Gorgeous fall foliage
3. Pumpkin Pie Shake Dates
So, be grateful to be happy!